Dojo Learning – Thoughts!

So what is Dojo Learning?  The concept originated at Target as an immersive learning approach to help drive agile adoption.

For a great explanation, please read “The Target Dojo“.

Below are some of my thoughts around the Dojo learning program.

  • You are in the Dojo for 2 things.
    • Learn and develop Agile skills
    • Deliver on current work initiatives that add customer value
  • You must enter the Dojo with an open mindset and be willing to break old habits and adapt new ones.
  • The Dojo rooms themselves allow all team members to sit together in a collaborative environment.  Monitors can be setup to accommodate remote users as needed.
  • The Dojo will usually have a dedicated coach\guide to help facilitate the Agile transformation journey.
  • The team must be able to self-organize and adapt.  A key concept of Agile is the ability for a team to be agile itself.
  • During the Dojo journey, the team will focus on learning Agile methods through shorter iterations, thus giving the team more repetitions.
  • The Dojo journey is usually 1 – 2 months
  • The initial iteration length is usually 2 – 3 days long, not 2 – 3 weeks.
  • The shorter iterations allow for more experimentation and learning, thus allowing the teams to pivot more quickly.  (MVP)

This is a great way to facilitate learning and seems to really bring energy to the teams!